Rainbow Snippets

I was half wondering if I would even participate this week between my health issues and the whole depressing events of this week then decided, no I probably need this more than ever. I know I keep ping ponging around story wise but maybe for the next few times I’ll pull from Kept Tears as I’ll have a short story in this verse coming out soon in the Love Wins anthology. Aaron is an injured war vet (and a good choice since it was veterans day yesterday and he’s big on vet’s rights) who lost his arm in the war. Rhys is not what he seems to be: a fantasy author. This is their first real date.

“I have to admit, this is a bit of a surprise,” Rhys said, walking up the marble steps of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with Aaron. “It’s not your normal first date.”

“I guess we could consider the club a first date of sorts. And I’ve already told you I’m a science nerd.” Aaron smiled, steering Rhys toward one of his favorite areas of the museum.

“Yes, that’s the sort of thing you don’t want to find out months later and wonder, ‘Just who the hell have I been dating?’” Rhys’s blue eyes gleamed with mischief.

Blurb: Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he’s ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.

What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.

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If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

Honestly there isn’t much to say this week. Everything is as it was last week, though I did get to hear Lone Raven (a Celtic band) in concert which was nice and relaxing.

It also inspired one of my Nano characters to pop up and say I want to play a bodhran (or whatever I’ll call that style of drum in this fantasy world).

Now if only Tenaldi would be as open about his sexuality. I’m technically writing this under my other pen name as it’s not m/m romance or really heavily LGBT fiction.

Cam is bi but that is such a small part of this story that I didn’t feel like it would be something I’d be marketing under Jana’s pen name. Tenaldi probably isn’t technically asexual. He strikes me as more wrapped up in his job and a bit clueless than anything else.

I started out slow but I’m SO competitive, the various word wars over the weekend have netted me my daily word count and more. I’ll be at 10K by tonight.

I’ll take that as my accomplishment of the week.

Rainbow Snippets

I’m at loose ends right now as the couple of WIPs I have I’ve set aside for nano and my nano is actually something under my other pen name so… how about a few snippets from my steampunk mystery If Two of Them Are Dead as I’ll have another steampunk thing coming up shortly. It’s set in Hyde Park (and Fishkill) NY, near where I used to live (I lived in the latter town). Victor Van Voorhis is a former airshipman turned detective and Abraham Westbrooke is the brother in law of the victim of the crime. Here we meet Victor and here is the house I cribbed for Abraham’s home (It IS in Hyde Park but it belongs to the Vanderbilts).

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“Are you messing where you don’t belong, Detective?”

Victor glanced over his shoulder at the rotund old man who puffed his way inside, carrying a black leather bag. “Just checking something.”

The doctor harrumphed at him and set down his bag. “‘Murder or accident’ is your usual question, but I suspect you already have some ideas.”

“Looks like she was shot in the head, but I’m waiting for your opinion,” Victor said to placate Ackermann.

Blurb Called to Hyde Park, New York, ex-Air Corpsman turned detective Victor Van Voorhis comes to only three conclusions about his newest case: the gulf between his status and the wealthy Westbrook family is no trifling matter; someone brutally killed a young mother; and the victim’s brother-in-law is one of the most intriguing men Victor has ever met.

Inventor Abraham Westbrook lost his wife five years ago and is worried about the effect another death in the family will have on his children. He spends most of his time tinkering with steamships, but even his inventions can’t distract him from wishing Victor was in his life for any reason other than a murder investigation—one where Abraham himself is a suspect. He’s hidden his desires all his life, but no longer. Somehow, he’ll catch the detective’s eye.

With murder standing between them and a killer stalking the Westbrooks, Abraham and Victor’s chance at happiness could go up in steam.

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If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!